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Traditional Singing and Ethnomusicology: Reflections

Author(s): Vesna Karin
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore, Vocational Education
Published by: Институт за етнологију и антропологију
Keywords: theory; praxis; ethnomusicology; singing of traditional songs

Summary/Abstract: The knowledge of traditional singing in Serbia is gained through experience, perception, description, analysis and reflection. Starting from the argument of Alan Merriam that the process of learning can develop in different ways (within the framework of socialization, education and/or schooling), this work considers the process of learning of traditional singing through the prism of my own singing experience which has developed from the stages of elementary (general and musical) education until the present day. I have transferred my gained knowledge and experience of singing of traditional songs to the pupils, students and members of singing groups and Societies of Arts and Culture through my practical work. Traditional singing in Serbia is one of the main subjects located in the center of epistemological debates in the process of constituting of ethnomusicological knowledge. This paper deals with the exploration of purpose of gaining the knowledge about traditional songs with the aim of presenting the importance of the practice and experience of ethnomusicological research as well as the value of conclusions reached thereby.

  • Issue Year: 16/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 61-73
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Serbian